Leech laps field at Ladies Open

The Annual Lillooet Sheep Pasture Men’s and Ladies Open Golf Tournament was held on Sept. 8 and 9 when 22 ladies and 23 men teed it up. 

In the ladies division on Saturday, Andrea Leech fired a great round of 83 to take a big lead into Sunday. Cheri Kowarski shot a 96, Collette Ellis-Toddington fired a 97 and Judy Coldwell posted a 99 to all punch their ticket into the final group on Sunday.

In the B-flight Sak Peaker and Diane Smith both posted 107s. Sue Beland shot a 112 and Diane Nelson 113 to all stay in striking distance of the B-flight crown. On Sunday, Sak shot a nice round of 109 but Carol Knights came from way back with an amazing round of 102, putting them in a tie which saw Carol get the nod on a count back to win the low gross B-flight. Sak’s good work would be rewarded, winning the low net B-flight honours.

In the A-division, Andrea Leech shot a 93 to cruise to a 22 shot win! For Andrea this was her fourth title in the past five years. Cheri Kowarski’s nice work on the weekend earned her the Overall low net crown. Collette’s solid Sunday round of 101 was good enough to take the low gross A-flight title. Pam Lancaster good Sunday showing won her the low net A-flight.
In the men’s side Jef Fedato shot the low round of the day, a nice tidy 71 - good for a two-shot lead. Darrell Coldwell fired a 73, young rising star Sirrus Adolph, 15, shot a 74, which included a hole in one! Bob Chute opened with a 76 to earn his spot in Sunday’s final group.

In the B-flight Oliver Williams had an outstanding round of 79 to take the lead. Jim McKay shot an 81, Rory Williams 85 and Geoff Pfeifer 87 to round out the B-flight’s final group. Jim’s Sunday round of 82, including a back nine of 39, was just enough to win the B-flight by one shot over Oliver’s 85, but Oliver’s fine play earned him the overall low net title.

In the A-division it turned out to be two-man duel between Jef and Darrell. Both shot great front nine scores, Darrell a one-under 34 and Jef answered with a 35 to hold a slim lead going into the back nine. Darrell bogey-holed 11 to fall behind by two shots; Jef birdied hole 12 to pick up another shot and take a three-shot lead. Both players made pars on 13; on hole 14 Jef missed the green on the par 3 leaving him in a tough spot which resulted in a double bogey to see his lead shrink to one shot with four holes to go.

Jef drove the green on the par 4  15th hole to set up an eagle try. Darrell had a long birdie of some 40 feet to a tough hole location, which he somehow drained, making Jef's putt looked a whole lot tougher. Jef almost made the eagle, but his putt slipped by a good six feet and he missed the birdie coming back, so now things were all tied up. 

Fedato’s second shot went long on 16 leaving him in another really tough spot which resulted in a double bogey. Now Coldwell finally had the lead with two holes remaining. Both players made par on 17. On the final hole Jef needed a birdie and a bit of help from Darrell, but when Jef’s second shot went long over the green and his birdie chip was unsuccessful, the title belonged to Darrell.

This was Darrell’s 16th straight September Men’s open title!  Jef did win the low gross A-flight for his runner up finish. Bob Chute’s good weekend earned him the low net A-flight honours.


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